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  1. Edward Mujica may be closing for the Cardinals

    Apr 15, 2013, 9:57 AM EST

    Edward Mujica

    With Jason Motte out, and Mitchell Boggs and Trevor Rosenthal struggling, who is closing for the Cardinals? Todd Worrell? Jeff Lahti? Nope: Derrick Goold reports that Edward Mujica may get the job next: Pitching coach Derek Lilliquist said the team has “flexibility in whatever we want to do” when it comes to rearranging late-game roles. Matheny…

  2. Things aren’t looking good for Cardinals closer Jason Motte

    Apr 9, 2013, 8:25 PM EST

    Jason Motte

    When Cardinals closer Jason Motte went down late last month after a poor spring, the team termed his injury a “mild strain” in his right elbow. Following a followup MRI on Tuesday, things sound much more ominous: #cardinals closer Jason Motte has been prescribed rest. Deadline of May 1. If he cannot advance he’ll have…

  3. Jason Motte set for follow-up MRI on elbow Tuesday

    Apr 8, 2013, 8:40 PM EST

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    Jason Motte was forced to begin the season on the disabled list with a right elbow strain, but he’s hoping to close games for the Cardinals again soon. Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports that Motte is scheduled to visit Dr. George Paletta tomorrow for a follow-up MRI on his elbow. While he has been limited…

  4. Diamondbacks top Cardinals in 16-inning marathon

    Apr 4, 2013, 3:27 AM EST

    St Louis Cardinals v Arizona Diamondbacks

    No one told Josh Collmenter and Mitchell Boggs that it’s too early in the season for games to be lasting past 3 a.m. It took nearly 5 1/2 hours, but the Diamondbacks edged the Cardinals 10-9 in 16 innings Wednesday to claim two out of three in the opening series in Arizona. Cliff Pennington singled…

  5. Handicapping the NL Rookie of the Year race

    Apr 2, 2013, 6:30 PM EST

    Jedd Gyorko

    The AL had an historic Rookie of the Year class last year, but this year, the NL appears to have the stronger group of the two leagues. The one issue: a lot of these talents are likely to have to wait until June or July for their opportunities, if they come this year at all.…

  6. Cardinals place closer Jason Motte on disabled list

    Mar 29, 2013, 5:47 PM EST

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    As expected the Cardinals have placed closer Jason Motte on the disabled list with a strained right elbow. Motte complained of soreness after last Thursday’s game and there’s no timetable for his return, with the Cardinals set to use Mitchell Boggs as their fill-in closer. Motte was fantastic last season, saving a league-leading 42 games…

  7. 2013 Preview: St. Louis Cardinals

    Mar 24, 2013, 8:43 AM EST

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    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2013 season. Up next: The St. Louis Cardinals. The Big Question: Can the Cards keep rolling? The Cardinals have made the playoffs nine times…

  8. Jason Motte expected to begin season on disabled list with elbow strain

    Mar 23, 2013, 10:26 AM EST

    Jason Motte Getty

    The Cardinals will have to get by without their closer for the start of the season. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Jason Motte was diagnosed with a “mild strain” of his right elbow following an MRI. The Cardinals plan to shut him down for at least the next week, so with…

  9. Cardinals’ lack of action could be their undoing

    Feb 21, 2013, 11:59 PM EST

    Mike Matheny, Chris Carpenter

    It’s hard to blame the Cardinals for staying the course. Even with free agents Kyle Lohse and Lance Berkman set to depart, St. Louis ended 2012 with a roster that already looked like a winner entering 2013: Rotation: Adam Wainwright, Chris Carpenter, Jaime Garcia, Lance Lynn, Jake Westbrook, Shelby Miller, Joe Kelly, Trevor Rosenthal Bullpen:…

  10. Jason Motte sums up the Chris Carpenter news

    Feb 5, 2013, 3:15 PM EST

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    Cardinals closer Jason Motte‘s reaction on Twitter after hearing the bad news about Chris Carpenter sums things up pretty well: Well poop!!! — Jason Motte (@JMotte30) February 5, 2013

  11. Cardinals and Jason Motte reach a two-year deal

    Jan 22, 2013, 5:33 PM EST

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    Jason Motte has two years of arbitration eligibility. Or, I should say, he had two years of arbitration eligibility. They’re gone now, as he and the Cardinals signed a two-year deal buying them out. Motte posted a 2.75 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and struck out 86 batters while walking only 17 in 72 innings last season while saving 42…

  12. Arbitration filings: Chase Headley’s $10.3 million request leads way

    Jan 18, 2013, 6:42 PM EST

    Chase Headley

    The Padres’ Chase Headley, the Reds’ Shin-Soo Choo and the Tigers’ Max Scherzer are among those asking for big raises in arbitration.

  13. Game 7 battle favors Giants over Cardinals

    Oct 21, 2012, 11:30 PM EST

    San Francisco Giants' Belt hits a broken bat single against St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Rzepczynski in the eighth inning during Game 6 of their MLB NLCS playoff baseball series in San Francisco

    With their backs against the wall, the Giants have been unstoppable this month, winning five straight elimination games against the Reds and Cardinals. It’s an impressive streak, no doubt. The Cardinals would likely be the first to admit it. After all, they’re riding a streak of six straight wins in elimination games themselves. Now one…

  14. Cardinals will try to finish off the Giants in five

    Oct 19, 2012, 12:43 AM EST

    San Francisco Giants v St Louis Cardinals - Game Four

    Is everyone all geared up to see the NL’s fifth best team and the AL’s seventh best team square off in the World Series? Of course, the Cardinals and Tigers have genuinely looked like baseball’s best teams during October. And if some would prefer neither had reached the postseason because they weren’t all that good…

  15. Jason Motte makes the two-inning save look easy against Giants

    Oct 18, 2012, 1:08 AM EST

    Jason Motte,Yadier Molina

    Jason Motte had never had a two-inning save before the Cardinals asked him to get six outs in a two-run game after Wednesday’s long rain delay. Not only did he do the job, but he made it a breeze, retiring every Giant he faced as St. Louis won 3-1. In so doing, Motte became just…

  16. Cardinals win rain-soaked Game 3 of NLCS against Giants

    Oct 17, 2012, 10:49 PM EST

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    It took over six hours — due to a rain delay that lasted more than three — but the Cardinals topped the Giants by a score of 3-1 on Wednesday evening in Game 3 of the NLCS at a wet Busch Stadium. Cardinals right-hander Kyle Lohse was far from sharp, yielding seven hits and a season-high…

  17. Giants making a game of it, down 6-4 after six

    Oct 14, 2012, 10:49 PM EST

    Gregor Blanco, Angel Pagan

    After going down 6-0 to the Cardinals in the top of the fourth, the Giants came right back and knocked Lance Lynn out of the game in the bottom of the inning, closing to within 6-4. However, they’ve been unable to make up any additional ground the last two innings, leaving them with a two-run…

  18. NLCS Preview: Cardinals vs. Giants

    Oct 14, 2012, 11:39 AM EST

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    You can’t predict baseball, but you can at least lay out the parameters. So let’s take a look at what the Cardinals and Giants have in store for us in the National League Championship Series. The Teams St. Louis Cardinals vs. San Francisco Giants The Matchups Game 1 Sunday in San Francisco: Lance Lynn vs.…

  19. Cardinals complete stunning comeback against Nationals to advance to NLCS

    Oct 13, 2012, 12:42 AM EST

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    After the Nationals took an early 6-0 lead over the Cardinals through three innings, Game 5 had all the makings of a laugher. It was anything but. The Cardinals chipped away throughout and scored four runs in the top of the ninth inning to complete a stunning comeback, topping the Nationals 9-7 for the right…

  20. The Nationals add some insurance, lead the Cardinals 7-5 going into ninth inning

    Oct 12, 2012, 11:59 PM EST

    Kurt Suzuki AP

    The Nationals just added some valuable insurance in the bottom of the eighth inning, as Kurt Suzuki smacked an RBI single up the middle to push the score to 7-5 going into the top of the ninth. Jason Motte allowed back-to-back singles to Adam LaRoche and Michael Morse to begin the inning, but bounced back…

  21. Daniel Descalso cuts Nationals’ lead to 6-5 with solo homer

    Oct 12, 2012, 11:43 PM EST

    Daniel Descalso Getty

    Oh boy. We have a one-run game in Washington. Daniel Descalso hit a leadoff home run off Tyler Clippard in the top of the eighth inning to cut the Nationals’ lead to 6-5. After hitting only four home runs in 143 games during the regular season, he has two during the NLDS. He would have…

  22. NLDS Preview: Cardinals vs. Nationals

    Oct 7, 2012, 8:33 AM EST

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    You can’t predict baseball, but you can at least lay out the parameters. So let’s take a look at what the Cardinals and Nationals have in store for us in the National League Division Series. The Teams St. Louis Cardinals (88-74) vs. Washington Nationals (98-64) The Matchups Game 1 Sunday in St. Louis: Gio Gonzalez vs.…

  23. Chipper Jones sadly goes out with a whimper

    Oct 5, 2012, 8:52 PM EST

    Chipper Jones

    Future Hall of Famer Chipper Jones just wrapped up one of the better final seasons in major league history, hitting .287/.377/.455 with 14 homers and 62 RBI at age 40. Unfortunately, the all-too-brief postseason wasn’t nearly as kind. Jones botched a double-play ball, contributing to a three-run fourth inning, and went 1-for-5 at the plate…

  24. Anger in Atlanta after controversial infield-fly rule call

    Oct 5, 2012, 8:00 PM EST

    Fredi Gonzalez Getty

    Craziness during the bottom of the eighth inning in Atlanta, as left field umpire Sam Holbrook called the infield-fly rule on a pop-up in shallow left field off the bat of Andrelton Simmons. However, it was far from a routine play. The controversial play was some 30-40 feet into the outfield and the ball ended…

  25. Ichiro, Jason Motte are your players of the week

    Sep 24, 2012, 4:00 PM EST

    New York Yankees v Seattle Mariners

    I get the press release each week, don’t post about the Players of the Week each week. But it’s slow now and if I don’t post about this I’m just gonna put up more political crap and then no one wins. Well, except me because I love trolling people, but you all would hate it.…

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